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Best of 2004: Eric Anderson

He's making out-of-this-world dreams come true.

Mr. Spaceman. In junior high, Eric Anderson decided he'd be the first person on Mars. When poor eyesight ended his dream, he took another route: In 1998 Anderson cofounded Space Adventures. The Arlington-based space-tourism company helped send the first private citizen to the International Space Station in 2001. Within five years, Anderson, 30, says, he'll make the trip himself. Another plan: "a program where people could launch in a rocket, fly around the moon, and come back–an earth-moon cruise."

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.